Keeping track of vaccinations for your little one can be a tad confusing for any mum. If you are not planning on staying in Hong Kong for a long time, most doctors recommend you follow your own country's vaccination schedule and, depending on your situation, add special vaccinations recommended for Hong Kong.
Circumcision is a controversial topic that can get many parents hot under the collars. We explore the issues surrounding circumcision and its relevance in this day and age.
If I ever want to liven up an antenatal class I always introduce the topic of circumcision (of boys, I hasten to add!). At this point the men usually wake up and enthusiastically express their opinions, without reservation. Sometimes there are quite heated disagreements between partners but it is usually the father-to-be, who is the most dogmatic, whilst the women are often unusually passive during the debate. Generally there is division of opinion between Americans (who support it) and the rest of the world, (who don’t) excluding, of course, those who practise circumcision for religious reasons, such as Jews and Muslims and a handful of non-American men who were also circumcised when it was fashionable in the UK, Canada, Australia or wherever.
Unsure of what's supposed to be going on down there in your baby boy? Find out the basic parts of your little one’s anatomy and how to care for it in the best way possible.
This article follows on from my previous article on Circumcision. Whilst I was writing that article I was amazed by the number of people who asked me how you could tell the difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised penis! Quite a few people also said to me that they had chosen to have their son circumcised as it made the penis so much cleaner and easier to look after. When I told them that boys' penises needed virtually no looking after they were genuinely puzzled. Clearly, hygiene and care of the penis, is a topic shrouded in mystery!
Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly are terms that refer to flatness in the shape of the head
What are Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly?
Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly are terms that refer to flatness in the shape of the head. Plagiocephaly refers to flattening of the head in any of the four quadrants of the cranium (back, front, left, right). It is this condition that often results in the asymmetry of the head and face. The ear, forehead and cheek bone on the flattened side of the head will protrude forward. Brachycephaly means that either the front or the back of the head lack projection. This condition is not usually characterized by asymmetry of the ears and facial bones.